Rory worked for 12 years as a director of a workers’ co-operative before building his academic career at Sheffield Hallam University through a PhD study of co-operative social enterprises. He has been a faculty member since 2003 with a research focus on the development of democratic relations in informal and formal organisations. With a strong interest in the impact of workplace democracy on corporate governance, he has maintained a connection to practice through directorships with Social Enterprise International Ltd and FairShares Association Ltd. He is the academic lead for Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) and coordinated the development of a new MBA/PgC in Co-operative Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship at Sheffield Business School.
Rory was appointed Reader in Cooperative and Social Enterprise at Sheffield Business School in 2013 after six years as a Senior Lecturer. In 2018, he became Professor of Cooperative Social Entrepreneurship through his pioneering work on the FairShares Institute for Cooperative Social Entrepreneurship at Sheffield Hallam University. He serves on the board of the UK Society for Co-operative Studies and as an Editorial Board member of both the Social Enterprise Journal and Journal of Social Entrepreneurship. He is one of four guest editors for a special issue of the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research (IJEBR) on critical perspectives on social enterprise.
In 2015, he chaired a stream at the EMES Social Enterprise Conference (Social Enterprise Education) then became a faculty member providing feedback to doctoral students on the EMES Social Enterprise Doctoral Summer School. In 2017, he led Sheffield Hallam University's successful application for Institutional Membership of EMES and co-chaired the EMES 2019 International Research Conference on Social Enterprise. He has also (co-)chaired streams at the Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference (Social, Ethical and Sustainable Enterprise, with Mike Bull) and International Social Innovation Research Conference (Social Co-operatives and the Solidarity Economy).
From 2014 - 2017, he chaired Sheffield Business School’s PRME group, organising conferences in 2016 and 2017 to highlight research and teaching materials available to support the PRME initiative. Up to 2018, he was route-leader of the MBA Cooperative Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship at Sheffield Business School, co-delivered with the Co-operative College (Manchester) and Co-operative Management Education Programme (St Mary's University, Halifax, Canada).
For further details, see his Professorial CV and Statement.